PROGRAM DESIGN CLARITY: We are hungry to know more about what exactly your model consists of. Please succinctly list a) what main activities are you doing with your beneficiaries, b) where you carry out the activities? c) how often? d) for how many hours? e) who delivers the services? and f) any other brief details
INSPIRATION: What do you consider the most important trends or evidence that inspire you to believe the world is ready to Re-imagine Learning? Please elaborate.
Look at the unemployment situation facing youth globally today. It is not due to a lack of jobs. It is due to too many youth not knowing their natural area of gift and talent and passing time thru University. They are not equipped to be leaders since they lack the basic non-cognitve skills and employers no longer looking to fit squares in circles. They already have a 70% dis-engaged workforce due to people not having highly developed non-cognitve skills with the basic one being what is your unique talent and gift and where do you fit in this world utilizing what comes natural to you.
LEARNING THROUGH PLAY: What does “learning through play” mean to you and why it is a must-have, instead of a nice to have?
When we learn through play which = joy= laughter= curiosity=brain sparks=hearth sparks=connection= teamwork= community= service etc. we tattoo our brain and hearts and develop new habits. Play makes us feel good about ourselves and others and we just want to keep getting that feeling over and over and keep doing it again eg. teams in sports. At the age of two my mom tells the story of having to dress me Saturdays and take me to school to prove it was closed. From very early on I connected learning with a sense of play and it has stayed with me throughout my life. It is why I do what I do.
SUSTAINABILITY: Please list a quick breakdown of your funding, indicating the percentage that comes from each source.
My magazine leadupmagazine.com brings in funding thru ads - 40%. My public talks and training with corporates bring in funding. I gave you link above for a sample one 20%, Grants - this year we got our first grant ever from UNDP 25%. Socialenterprisehive.com - event and magazine 10%.
MODEL: How does your mission relate to your business model (i.e. Non-profit, for-profit or hybrid)?
I am a not for profit social enterprise. Not more than 50% of anything I do can come from grants. We have never accepted a donation ever. There will be the photo book "Who will I become" tied to this project which will contribute significantly as an income source. There is nowhere for me to upload it but Robin Sharma has agreed to do the Foreward. Think Humans of New York picture book as context for type of book.
FUNDING PRIORITIES: If your organization were given $20K in unrestricted funding today, how would you use it? Why?
Rule on all moneys after reading lots of Robert Kiyosaki. 40% of all moneys must go on activity or things that will generate new income. 40% goes on things that adds/increases value to our existing income sources. I then sit with team and figure out immediate needs if any.
PARTNERSHIPS: Tell us about your partnerships that enhance your approach.
I license our curriculums at no costs to NGOS globally. I overseas training and mobilization of our programs. I also do the same with Universities and their students who want to put in volunteer hours and brush up on their soft skills. Take a look at http://healing-with-horses.com. Our programs have run at their summer camps for the last 3 years. Take a look at this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4bD3EjZUPQs.
COLLABORATIONS: Have you considered or initiated partnerships with any of the other Challenge Pacesetters? If so, please share.
I have actually reached out to a few on the FB page. Nothing solid yet but I am keeping my eye on them all. I just reached out to this group out of Canada http://twentyonetoys.com to collaborate. I notice they had an Ashoka banner on their website.
VISION: If you had unlimited funding, and you could fast forward 15 years to when your program has been able to achieve wild success - what will it have achieved?
The youth unemployment issue would have dissipated globally b/c every youth would have been afforded the opportunity to develop their non-cognitve skills and understand who they are and why they are here. Knowing that we are unstoppable as humans and this world would be a very different place with people FEARLESSLY pursuing their passions . It is here we create great leaders a la JOBS, MANDELA etc. It is here that we reach our potential.
IMPACT - KEY METRICS: Please list the key data points that you would cite as evidence that you are able to achieve lasting learning outcomes. Please also share one data point for which you most hope to see better results over time
We measure in a few ways recognizing we are dealing with children ages 9-12 and only in existence since 2011 so we are not there yet to see them as adults and the choice they make. We have the University measuring immediate impact of our programs in their thought process about leaders and their roles. We have a 3 year video interview coming up by the end of the year so see how our first participants ( now 14/15) of the program are doing .
Other (please specify)
The car studies on our Foundation will be published this last quarter
APPROACHES: Given the complexity of play, it is not surprising that there have been numerous research attempts to categorize the different types and approaches! Please indicate which of the following your project focuses on.
Play with Objects, Symbolic Play, Creating a Supportive Socio-Emotional Environment, Educational Structuring (developing playful projects within educational contexts), Adults Participating (Ensuring adults are able to play alongside children), Challenging Play (play that disrupts - where rules are disregarded and levels of imagination are high), Other (please specify).
AFFILIATION: Please specify if your organization has any existing affiliations with the LEGO Group.